American Premieres at the BSO


 American Premieres: The 1920s

American Premieres: The 1920s

The "Roaring Twenties" arrived at Symphony Hall with the sounds of Albert Roussel, Claude Debussy, and Manuel Falla.

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 American Premieres: The 1930s

American Premieres: The 1930s

Mahler's Symphony No. 9, Ravel's Concerto for Piano (for the left hand), and Profokiev's Peter and the Wolf, op. 67 all premiered at Symphony Hall during the 1930s.

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 American Premieres: The 1940s

American Premieres: The 1940s

Serge Koussevitzky conducted both Arthur Honegger's Symphony for Strings and Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen, a study for 23 solo string instruments among others in the '40s.

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 American Premieres: The 1950s

American Premieres: The 1950s

During the 1950s, Leonard Bernstein's Serenade for Violin, String Orchestra and Percussion made its American debut followed by Henry Barraud's Te Deum, in memory of Serge Koussevitzky.

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 American Premieres: The 1960s

American Premieres: The 1960s

Symphony Hall resonated during the 1960s with the music of Leos Janácek, Alberto Ginastera, and Alexander Scriabin.

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 American Premieres: The 1970s

American Premieres: The 1970s

Conducting multiple U.S. premieres in the years to follow were Colin Davis, William Steinberg, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

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 American Premieres: The 1980s

American Premieres: The 1980s

BSO audiences of the 1980s enjoyed Oliver Messiaen's Three Tableaux from Saint Francis of Assisi, as well as Toru Takemitsu's To the Edge of Dream, both conducted by Seiji Ozawa.

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 American Premieres: The 1990s

American Premieres: The 1990s

Combined in the programs of the 1990s were the American premieres of Benjamin Britten's Suite from Death in Venice, Op. 88a, and Alfred Schnittke's Epilogue (Out of the World) from Peer Gynt.

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American Premieres: The 2000s

American Premieres: The 2000s

A new century at the BSO started with Osvaldo Golijov's Le Pasion Segun San Marcos and Judith Weir's Moon and Star.

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